Sacred Falls retires to Waikato Stud

Trans-Tasman Group 1 winner Sacred Falls will join the Waikato Stud roster for a $30,000 (plus gst) service fee this year.

“We’ve always wanted to stand O’Reilly’s best son here,” Waikato Stud’s Mark Chittick said.  “We identified Sacred Falls early in his career and it has been hugely exciting to have subsequently been a part of his Group 1 successes with Dato Yap and Raffles Racing.”

Sacred Falls left New Zealand as an unbeaten winner of 6 races including the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas.  Under the guidance Chris Waller in Sydney, he raced his way into the history books as the first colt in over 50 years to record back-to-back wins in the Doncaster Mile.

“He generated over $4.70 million in earnings and is surely the highest stakes earner to retire to stud in New Zealand,” Chittick said.  “He fits squarely within Waikato Stud’s proven sire selection criteria of having Group 1 ability with an electric turn of foot.”

Sacred Falls will arrive at Waikato Stud on Wednesday to take up residence in the box of O’Reilly who died in December.

Keeping the best of company, Sacred Falls will be next door to New Zealand’s leading Group 1 sire Savabeel who will stand for $100,000 (plus gst).

SAVABEEL  $100,000
OCEAN PARK  $30,000
PINS  $25,000
ROCK ‘N’ POP  $9,000
RIOS  $4,000